When you walk into a trade negotiation with the author of The Art of The Deal, you should expect to feel a little sore when you walk out of the room.
That’s because Donald Trump has spent his entire adult life negotiating. He’s turned his good fortune into a veritable GDP of his own, and taken his business acumen from Broadway to Pennsylvania Avenue. Now, as he sets his sights on the international economy, Trump is continuing to make waves abroad.
In France, things are a bit sour grapes at the moment, however.
President Donald Trump and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, are it again, this time over a French tax that triggered a Trump tariff threat on a prime French export: wine.
“I’ve always liked American wines better than French wines, even though I don’t drink wine,” Trump told reporters Friday after issuing the tariff threat. “I just like the way they look.”
Trump, who has been in the wine business himself, tweeted earlier in the day that his tariff threat stems from a new French “digital tax” affecting U.S. technology companies.
“If anybody taxes them, it should be their home Country, the USA,” Trump tweeted. “We will announce a substantial reciprocal action on Macron’s foolishness shortly.”
President Trump happens to own a winery in Virginia – a fact that will surely be brought up in some pathetic, liberal argument about a supposed conflict of interest.
While France and the United States have long been allies, there has been some adjustment period for our international friends to get accustomed to dealing with a master negotiator. For the sake of the booze, let’s hope it doesn’t last too much longer.
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